She does this by dissecting the humanistic view of a monster and what kind of characteristics a creature needs to posses in order to be defined as a monster. Halberstam begins the chapter with a section entitled “Monster Making,” Halberstam suggests that it’s important to rethink the Gothic genre and look at the making of a human being before analyzing the making of a monster (28). Halberstam picks apart the true meaning of monstrosity and what or who actually scares humans (28). She suggests that Mary Shelley’s novel really implies that people are afraid of people because humans are supposedly the depicters of what is good and what is evil (28). Halberstam infers to keep an open mind to what really is the object of terror (28).
Gothic horror was a common genre of use in the time Frankenstein was written. This was a time of great novels such as Dracula and Hound of the Baskervilles. Gothic horror is traditionally set in dark castles and countryside with eerie moaning music and bad weather Written in 1818 Frankenstein is the deeply disturbing tale of a monstrous unnamed creation that was created in the name of science. Huge and strong, the creature created by Victor Frankenstein kills and murders many throughout the tale, but considering his tragic beginnings I must ask, who is the real monster in this gothic tale of horror? Frankenstein is cleverly written in two parts.
Why Dracula is a Gothic Novel The horror story Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, is a thrilling novel about the notorious vampire, Dracula, and about a group of men and women who suffered from his evil and fought back. This novel, written in 1897, is one of the most famous gothic novels, and one of the most famous pieces of literature still to this day. The setting of the novel, the terminology, and the deep emotion that Stoker used allows the reader, and literary critics, to classify Dracula as Gothic Literature. The elements that Dracula contains to make it gothic include the setting of a castle, a suspenseful atmosphere, dreams and visions, inexplicable events, overwhelming emotions, distressed women, metonymy of horror, and of course gothic vocabulary. For a novel to be considered gothic, it must contain certain elements; Dracula reflects many of these unique principles.
The supernatural happens Jekyll got caught turning into Hyde by Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield this would also classify as overwrought emotions because of Mr. Utterson being haunted by Mr. Hyde’s face, or when Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield saw Dr. Jekyll turn into Mr. Hyde. How does Jekyll turn unto this horrid creature we know as Hyde? Jekyll has always wanted to be bad and mad a concoction of chemicals creating a magic potion changing him into an eviler…MR. HYDE!!! All throughout the book there is the vocabulary of a gothic novel from giant, secret, and many more.
The eponymous villain Dracula exemplifies and personifies the fears of society during the 1800's including the spread of the plague, and milieu of the 1800's. Throughout the horror novel we can see Dracula as an alluring, mysterious figure that embodies the paradigms of science, religion and patriarchal values as he changes from a man to a monster through the narration of various personalities, most informatively, Jonathan Harker, Van Helsing and Mina Harker. Reflecting in its epistolary style, Dracula represents Bram Stoker's oppressed individualism, making it unique and refreshing in contrast to other novels of the time. The combination of journals, letters and newspapers allows the reader to observe the point-of-view of each character and
In the novel, the monster is identified by words such as "creature," "monster", "fiend", "wretch", "vile insect","being", and "it", but speaking to Dr. Frankenstein, the monster refers to himself as "the Adam of your labors", and elsewhere as someone who "would have" been "your Adam", but is instead your "fallen angel." This title's effecect on the
This gives Victor inspiration to create something with supernatural abilities. The morbid aspect also comes from Frankenstein because he created on a dark, rainy, dreary night of November. The grotesque elements include the idea of breathing life into a dead body. The creatures yellow skin barely covered his muscles and arteries underneath. He represents the most grotesque and supernatural character in the
Gothic Elements in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde After reading the whole gothic literatures in this semester, I find The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde gives me the most impression. Since I was young, the only kinds of book that can make me feel interested in are gothic type of fiction. Gothic writing tends to be very dark, focus on the evil side of human nature, have supernatural and unexplained elements to it; for example, the mysterious setting and the suspicious events. These elements make me can’t help myself but be immersed in the book. After reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, I found three elements that impressed me the most: the atmosphere of mystery and horror, the unbelievable event of doubling in that century, and the disappearance of hope.
In Shelley’s Frankenstein theme of secrecy is shown through Victor’s entire obsession with creating life, his obsession with destroying the monster, and the monster’s seclusion by its grotesque appearance. Ever since the death of Victor’s mother Caroline, he dedicated himself in discovering the anatomy of life and ways to bring inanimate humans to life. He spent two years studying anatomy and one year working on the monster. He considers M. Krempe, the natural philosopher
Created the Monster, the deaths of his friends and family. “It is well I’d go but remember I shall be with you on your wedding day” Monster pg156 ch.12 -The Monster- fearful of rejection and compassionate toward his adopted family. Vengeful toward Frankenstein family. He is the antagonist. Murder of Frankenstein family, creation of victors experiment.